Gunners physio confident on Cesc

The Gunners skipper suffered a hairline fracture to his right
fibula in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Barcelona at the
Emirates Stadium on March 31. Fabregas, who was a doubt after
sustaining heavy bruising to his leg in the 1-1 Premier League draw
at Birmingham the weekend before the Barca game, tangled with
Carles Puyol late in the game and has since been ruled out for the
rest of the campaign. However, Gunners physio Colin Lewin has given
a positive update on the Spain international and expects him to be
available to the European champions in South Africa. And Lewin has
denied suggestions that Arsenal’s skipper was injured before the
quarter-final first leg against Barca, insisting that they would
never risk a player who was not fit and ready. “Cesc is doing
well,” Lewin told the club’s official site. “He is likely to be out
for the rest of the season with a hairline crack of his fibula. “If
all goes well he will comfortably make the World Cup and we will be
constantly monitoring him.” He added: “The injury was certainly a
result of the tackle by Puyol at the end of the Barcelona game.
“There were some ill-informed media reports that the fracture was
sustained before the Barcelona game and those reports, put simply,
were untrue.” Lewin said Fabregas had suffered a knock at St
Andrew’s but insists all of the correct procedures were taken to
ensure he had no lasting damage. “He suffered heavy bruising in the
Birmingham City game but to suggest that someone can run around for
85 minutes against Barcelona with a fractured fibula is just
farcical,” he said. “We examined Cesc after the Birmingham game and
he had suffered heavy bruising. The X-rays confirmed that there was
no fracture. “At the end of the Barcelona match, following the
challenge with Puyol, Cesc had an X-ray to determine the damage. It
showed a hairline crack, which unfortunately means Cesc will miss
the rest of the season.” Lewin also revealed that striker Robin van
Persie is on course for a return to training after several months
on the sidelines following ankle surgery. Kieran Gibbs (foot) and
Johan Djourou (knee) are also expected to join their team mates in
the coming days, providing Arsene Wenger with a further boost ahead
of the end-of-season run-in. “Robin will be joining the squad for
full training imminently,” he added. “That is a big boost for the
club and to see Johan and Kieran training with the team in the next
fortnight will give everyone a big lift.”